Philippa had fled St. Louis and the hated husband she'd been forced to wed. Now, armed with a new name, a new identity, and a new profession as a schoolmarm, the lissome blonde had come to Bluffsview, Nebraska - the last place on earth he'd look for her. Ryan Murphy was the handsomest, ruggedest man Philippa had ever met, the kind of rough-hewn hero they bred only in the West. A wife in name only, Philippa was as innocent about passion as she was about life on the frontier. She might be a gifted schoolmarm, but she needed lessons in love, and Ryan Murphy was the teacher of her dreams. She knew he wanted her, so she couldn't understand his reticence. WOuld she discover his secret before he discovered hers?